Russian Air Force to Receive Yak-130 and Su-35 Aircrafts

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The Russian air force is planning to order an additional batch of new Yak-130 combat trainers because demand for the aircraft is growing, the air force’s top commander said.

331x252_XvFNxHKBsIMtBIQx3FS2e8DWsBMsGTnEThe current contract with Russia’s Irkut aircraft corporation stipulates the delivery of 55 Yak-130s to the air force. A total of 42 aircraft have been delivered so far.

“It is certain that we will sign a new contract,” Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said during a visit to the Irkutsk aircraft manufacturing plant, which makes Yak-130 trainers.

Bondarev confirmed that the Russian air force would soon form a new aerobatics team flying Yak-130s.

As to the international attention to this aircraft, Malaysia and Vietnam are interested in buying Russian-made Yak-130 Mitten combat trainers, a source in the Russian delegation at the Air China aerospace show told RIA Novosti.

“Malaysia will need new combat trainers in the near future to replace the outdated Italian-made M-339 aircraft,” the source said.

yak130“The chances are high that Malaysia may purchase the Yak-130 as the country has been one of the key buyers of Russian military aircraft and our planes have been tested there for years,” he said.

The same refers to Vietnam, which has bought Russian Su-30MK2 jet fighters in the past, the source added.

Russia’s Yak-130 is also a competitor in a tender for delivery of six light fighter jets to the Philippines to replace retired U.S.-built Northrop F-5A Tiger fighters.

The Yak-130 Mitten jet trainer/light attack aircraft is a subsonic two-seat aircraft developed by the Yakovlev design bureau.

The plane has been chosen as a basic aircraft for Russian air force pilot training. The first deliveries of the aircraft started in 2009.

su35_13Referring to Russia’s Sukhoi aircraft maker, it delivered a total of 12 advanced Su-35 multirole fighters to the Russian air force this year, the air force commander said.

The Russian Defense Ministry ordered 48 Su-35s in 2009. The final deliveries are due in 2015.

“We received 12 aircrafts this year in addition to 10 delivered earlier,” Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said.

Bondarev said that under the contract with Sukhoi, the air force would receive 12 Su-35 fighter jets next year and 14 aircraft in 2015.

The Su-35s will be based at the Dzemga airbase in Russia’s Far East, he said.

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The Su-35 Flanker-E is a heavily upgraded derivative of the Su-27 multirole fighter. It has been touted as “4++ generation using fifth-generation technology.”

The aircraft, powered by two 117S turbofans with thrust-vectoring, features high maneuverability and the capability to engage several air targets simultaneously.

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New Thor SAM Enters Air Defense System

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Short-range SAMs are the latest air defense system frontier in any state. Today’s defenses and resistance to external aggression are estimated by the presence of modern air defense system, and primarily by the presence of short-range air defense system.

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One of the most effective short-range air defense missile systems today is the “Thor” family, specially designed for high-precision weapons defeat during air attack of tactical aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles in complex interference and meteorological conditions, day and night.

The latest development of JSC “Concern PVO “Almaz -Antey” and JSC “IEMZ “Kupol” is “Tor – M2KM” with combat and technical facilities in a modular design. It has high reliability and efficiency in the fight against actively maneuvering air targets, controlled and gliding aerial bombs, radar countermeasures, controlled and cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, aircraft and helicopters. The complex is equipped with modern computer facilities and modern radar to detect and handle up to 48 targets, simultaneously track up to 10 of the most dangerous targets and provide simultaneous destruction of these four goals.

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“Tor- M2KM” is a modular unit that provides placement of autonomous combat module (ABM) and hardware on any truck chassis, trailers, other platforms of the correct capacity, and stationary version.

c2RlbGFub3VuYXMucnUvdXBsb2Fkcy8yLzQvMjQ2MTM4MTc2ODMyNi5qcGVnP19faWQ9NDIxMDg=“Tor – M2KM” located on the automobile chassis of Indian company Tata Motors, was demonstrated at the International Air Show “MAKS- 2013”. We have shown the world that “Kupol” designed aircraft missile system, combat and technical equipment of which can be placed on any vehicle chassis and other platforms on request.

“Tor – M2KM” is equipped with a navigation system GLONASS / GPS, developed by the Russian company “Navis”. It not only determines with very high accuracy the location of the complex, but also provides a measurement of the angular parameters of ABM (roll and pitch) in different planes. The calculation does not require the availability of geodetic skills that were required when using the previous generation of devices.

tor_bm-9a331In October and November 2013 at the site of the Defence Ministry Kapustin Yar it was tested “Tor – M2KM” with combat and technical facilities in modular design placed on the automobile chassis by Indian TATA. During the tests all declared performance characteristics were fully confirmed, and “Tor – M2KM” honorably passed all the tests.

Number of air attacks means and their variants is growing from year to year, so in any case we cannot rest on our laurels. Our designers and engineers are constantly working to improve the characteristics of “Thor” SAM family, to create a fundamentally new complex, looking many years ahead.

New Rail Combat Complexes to Receive “Yars” Missiles

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Promising rail combat missile systems, which development is scheduled for completion by 2020, will be equipped with solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile with multiple warhead. It was reported by the commander of the Strategic Missile Forces, Colonel-General Sergei Karakayev. According to him, the new missile will be created based on the RS-24 “Yars”.

Сергей-каракаев.jpg.288x216_q85Weight of a new train missile complex shall not exceed 47 tonnes. According to Karakaev, intercontinental missile will be masked in refrigerator car 24 meters in length. The length of the rocket will be 22.5 meters. Externally the “refrigerator-car” will not differ from the usual car; it will not need to increase the number of axles. New “nuclear train” can move on any route, not special with fortified ways.

378Development of a new combat railway missile system is carried out in response to the United States instant global strike program, implying defeat enemy targets anywhere in the world for no more than two hours. Previously, the need to develop military-technical response to the U.S. strategy of “lightning strike” was announced by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

rogozinThe fact that Russia will again create railway missile complexes was reported in late 2012. Draft design of the new train is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2014. The new missile is created as a replacement of 15P961 “Molodets”, armed in Russia until 2005. Total 12 such complexes cruised the railways, carrying 36 missiles RT -23 UTTH.

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“Molodets ” included three locomotives DM62 command post of the seven wagons, tank-wagons with supplies of fuels and lubricants , and three launchers. Externally strategic train looked almost identical to the normal train with refrigerator, mail and passenger cars. Cars with rockets were longer than standard and had an increased number of wheelsets. RT -23 UTTH missiles of this complex were capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to ten thousand kilometers. Each missile was equipped with a warhead with ten heads of 400 kilotons each with individual guidance. Missile length was 22.6 meters, diameter – 2.4 meters.

New Russian Strategic Missile System is Expected

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In coming years, the Russian Armed Forces will receive a fundamentally new strategic missile system.

Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) of Russia in 2018-2020 will receive a new strategic missile “Sarmat”. It is known to outperform complex with heavy missile “Voevoda”. This was announced on December 17 by RVSN commander Colonel-General Sergei Karakayev.

SAV_6450-1-as-Smart-Object-1According to him, the new strategic missile system which received the code name “Sarmat” is developed by cooperation of industrial enterprises headed by the Makeev State Rocket Centre. “We expect to receive in the years 2018-2020 a new missile system with features that are not inferior to its predecessor”, said Karakayev.

He also noted that “in the course of creating “Sarmat” it will be implemented the missile system having requirements maximum attainable at the present level of development of domestic military-industrial complex.”

R-36M2_SS-18_Satan_Voyrvoda_ICBM_Intercontinental_ballistic_missile_Russia_Russian_army_defence_industry_001According to the commander of the Strategic Missile Forces, the creation and further production of these missiles is planned on the cooperation of exclusively Russian industrial enterprises, which is now able to create a modern combat missile system with characteristics superior than formidable “Voevoda”.

Karakayev also said that currently a significant place in the existing RVSN group is allocated to missile complex “Voevoda”, equipped with missile RS-20V, which is called in the West as “Satan”.

0_2e619_46d37c39_origHowever, this complex was put on combat duty in the late 1980s. To the present day, the intercontinental ballistic missile RS-20V is the most powerful of all Russian ICBMs. However, admitted Karakayev, the operating life of the complex, despite the work on the extension, of course, does not last forever.

For this reason, the Ministry of Defense began to work on the preservation of RVSN group combat power after the withdrawal of the missiles from service. “They provide a number of development projects to create a new missile system based stationary with “heavy” missile, as effective as the missile complex “Voevoda”, the commander of the Strategic Missile Forces said.

Screen-Shot-2013-10-06-at-1.40.49-PMAccording to the commander, the technological level of the missile complex “Voevoda” “has no analogues among domestic and foreign combat missile systems”. In particular, it has a high degree of technical reliability and readiness, capable of supporting various options for its use, including during rocket launches under a retaliatory nuclear strike. “The presence in this group of rockets of this type is an extremely important measure to maintain the whole system of Russian strategic nuclear deterrence,” stated Karakayev.

Also on December 17 it became known that the Russian Strategic Missile Forces will hold 16 rocket launches in 2014. “Next year we plan to carry out 16 launches, two of them will be carried out in order to extend the service life,” said Karakayev, noting that “eleven are the test launches for experimental development of developed missiles, strategic missiles warheads and decoys systems”. “The other three involve other purposes, including disposal by starting with associated launch of spacecraft, serial control and combat training launches,” added Karakayev.

Russia to Develop New Advanced Lightweight Fighter

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Russia will soon start developing a prototype of an advanced lightweight fighter jet to supplement fifth-generation T-50 aircraft, a top government official said Wednesday.

The new aircraft is expected to be cheaper to produce and easier to maintain, but should also possess combat capabilities and performance characteristics comparable with those of heavy-class aircraft.

Rogozin“The development of a light-class fighter has been included in the current arms procurement program. It will be created,” said Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, addressing the lower house of parliament.

Rogozin, who oversees the defense and space industries, said light-class fighters were in greater demand abroad, compared to more advanced heavy-class aircraft, such as Su-30 or the planned T-50 fighter jets.

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Recently, the production of combat aircraft in Russia there has seen a bias in favor of heavy machinery: the Air Force receives new and modernized Su-27SM3, Su-30M2 and Su-30SM and Su-35S. Russia is currently developing the heavy-class T-50 multirole fighter aircraft, also known as PAK-FA, which will be the core of the country’s future fighter fleet. The T-50 is expected to enter service with the Russian air force in 2016. At the same time, light machines MiG-29 are upgraded, but new lightweight fighters of MiG brand are available today only for fleet. Therefore, MiG-29K/KUB should replace the Su-33 aboard the aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”.

Russian AF to Get First T-50 Fighters in 2013Rogozin, who first voiced the idea of developing a second type of a fifth-generation fighter in February 2012, said Wednesday that Russia has always had at least two types of tactical fighters that in general supplemented one another. The latest example is a MiG-29/Su-27 pair.

Rogozin did not specify which of Russia’s two main designers of combat jets – MiG or Sukhoi – will be assigned the development of the future light-class fighter. Historically, Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG undertook the development of lightweight fighters in Russia. Latest new development of the corporation, which was reported publicly, is the MiG-35 fighter. The Russian Defense Ministry announces plans to regularly purchase these aircraft, but firm contract signing is regularly postponed.

170902310Yakovlev Experimental Design Bureau also possesses an experience in developing light combat aircrafts. Currently, in the framework of this project the Design Bureau produces trainer aircraft Yak-130, which, among other things, can be used as a light attack aircraft and fighter.

Russia to Present 2014 Arms Procurement Roadmap

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President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu presented Russia’s arms procurement roadmap for 2014 including new strategic missiles, tanks and aircraft.

pic_5b4b2ce27a81742130bf2754d5a1290d“In 2014 more than 40 of the newest intercontinental ballistic missiles, 210 aircraft, and more than 250 armored vehicles will enter into the armed forces,” President Putin said at a meeting of the country’s top military leadership.

Russia will observe the continued deployment of the Yars ICBM to the Strategic Missile Forces and the Iskander tactical ballistic missile to the ground forces next year, Shoigu said. Two new ballistic missile submarines will also become fully operational next year, he added.

gty_russian_missile_thg_111123_wgYars is armed with the multiple-warhead RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile, which has considerably better combat and operational capabilities than the Topol-M (SS-27 Stalin).

Russia currently deploys an estimated 326 ICBMs with approximately 1,050 warheads, according to a June report by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

The Strategic Missile Forces has so far fully equipped two regiments of the Teikovo Missile Division in central Russia with Yars systems.

The two regiments consist of a total of 18 missile systems and several mobile command posts, according to the Defense Ministry.

Shoigu did not say where the new missiles will be deployed, but mentioned that they will be first tested in the Novosibirsk Missile Division, based in Siberia.

In line with the New START treaty signed in 2010, Russia is allowed to add 227 delivery systems and 150 warheads to its stockpile of nuclear weapons.

According to the recent State Duma Defense Committee report on the draft federal budget for 2014-2016, Russia plans to increase annual spending on nuclear weapons by more than 50 percent in the next three years.

The report said 46.26 billion rubles ($1.4 billion) is to be spent on Russia’s nuclear weapons systems in 2016, up from 29.29 billion rubles this year.

topolThe Defense Ministry earlier announced plans to retire most of its outdated SS-18 Satan, SS-19 Stiletto and SS-25 Sickle (Topol) ICBMs and replace them with SS-27 Sickle-B (Topol-M) and RS-24Yars missiles by 2021.

President Putin outlined a roadmap last year to increase defense spending by nearly two-thirds to $97 billion by 2016. Putin said the funding was vital to modernize the military’s hardware, while calling for the armed forces’ operating costs to be kept to less than 30 percent of the defense budget.

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A total of $650 billion is to be spent on military hardware in the period to 2020.

So, Russia is in the midst of a major reform of the military including re-equipment and a transition to a largely professional force.

Russia to Strengthen its Market Position on Arms Export

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This year, the Russian equity index in the global supply is expected to peak from the last eight years.

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By the volume of conventional arms exports in 2013 Russia ranked second with 13.4 billion dollars.

“In the years 2013-2016, Russia will retain the existing breakaway from his pursuers,” RIA Novosti quotes Igor Korotchenko.

Maintaining of deliveries in 2013-2016 years at the current level is provided for in the development strategy of “Rosoboronexport” until 2020.

chemezov“The new strategy will strengthen Russia’s position in the global arms market, there are all preconditions,” Rostec Sergey Chemezov said.

World exports / imports of conventional weapons in 2013, according to the TSAMTO appraisal will be not less than 65.98 billion dollars. Igor Korotchenko drew attention to the fact that this is the highest result since the end of the era of the “cold war”. TSAMTO Director added that in 2013 Russian equity index in the global supply will peak from 2005 and will be 20.29 %.

sprut2If we talk about the segment of the armors, the lead in terms of sales in 2013-2016 will be taken by armored vehicles – 12.680 billion dollars, accounting for 46.5% of the total projected sales of armors in 2013-2016. From year to year the armored vehicles exports (subject initially claimed to delivery schedules and implementation of licensed programs) are projected as follows: 2.775 billion dollars in 2013, 2.62 billion dollars in 2014, 3.278 billion dollars in 2015 and 4.007 billion dollars in 2016.

Armor exportSecond place in this segment by the cost of supplies in 2013-2016 will be occupied by main battle tanks (MBT) – 10.291 billion dollars (37.76 % in the overall balance of armor supply. From year to year the exports in this category are projected as follows: 2.896 billion dollars in 2013, 2.949 billion dollars in 2014, 2.194 billion dollars in 2015 and 2.251 billion dollars in 2016.

The third place is occupied by armored cars – 4.280 billion dollars in 2013-2016. (15.7% in the overall balance of armor supply). From year to year the armored cars exports are projected as follows: 1.66 billion dollars in 2013, 1.225 billion dollars in 2014, 825 million dollars in 2015 and 569 million dollars in 2016.

armex-russiaFor many years, Russia is among the list of world arms exporters and ranks second in the world in terms of exports.

Rostec is working to expand the geography of supplies. For example, in 2013, relations were established with the Republic of Fiji. The expansion of geography of supply means also the restoration of relations with partners after a long break. Especially it concerns the African countries. During the last year the military- technical cooperation was resumed with Botswana, Ghana and Equatorial Guinea.

S-400 comes into force, S-500 on waiting list

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Regimental set of antiaircraft missile system S-400 will soon be deployed in the Moscow region. It was told by the Aerospace Defense Force Commander Alexander Golovko.

golovko_a“Until the end of 2013 troops of aerospace defense will receive regimental set of air defense missile system S- 400, which will be deployed in the Moscow region”, press service of Defense Ministry of Russia quotes Mr. Golovko.

He also said that “we have plans to deliver another set of anti-aircraft missile regiment S- 400 in 2014”, said Interfax.

Currently, the troops of aerospace defense have modern anti-aircraft missile system of medium-range S-300PM , promising anti-aircraft missile systems, large and medium-range S-400 Triumph, air defense missile – gun complexes Pantsir-S, radar stations Gamma Nebo-SVU, complexes of automation Fundament.

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As it was previously reported by Russian President Vladimir Putin, in 2014 the troops will receive three sets of S-400. “The process of missile units and formations re- armament to modern S-400 system is systematically continuing. This year two regimental sets of the system were transferred to the troops. Three of them must be received by the troops in 2014,” Itar-Tass cites Putin. According to him, it is a good indicator. He expressed the hope that this rate will be sustained.

10790Putin stressed that the strategic parity and balance of depends on the state of the aerospace defense system. The President stressed that special attention should be paid to promising for the future. “We need to talk not only about modern technology, but also about leading. We talked about this, by the way, at a meeting at the Obukhov factory this summer, he recalled. In this context, let me remind you that it was time for antiaircraft missile complex of medium range Vityaz- PVO, as well as the development of new anti-aircraft missile system S – 500, which can not only perform tasks within the defense, but , in fact, is already an element of missile defense.”

By the way, the Russian Defense Ministry in the framework of the state armaments program up to 2020 is going to adopt a new five sets of air defense missile systems. It was said during an interview with RIA Novosti by the Aerospace Defense Force Commander Major-General Alexander Golovko. According to him, currently Concern PVO “Almaz -Antey” is testing individual systems of the perspective S-500.

lPreviously CEO of main system design bureau “Almaz-Antey” Vitaly Neskorodov said that aircraft missile system S-500 will be supplied to troops in 2017-2018. At the same time the development of the complex will be completed in 2015, after that it will pass military tests. According to the Russian Air Force Commander Viktor Bondarev, S-500 will enter service no later than in 2018.

S-500 is more compact, portable than the existing systems S- 400. Perspective complex will receive the more powerful radar capable of detecting targets at ranges of up to 800-900 kilometers. It can simultaneously affect up to ten ballistic targets, including warheads and hypersonic cruise missiles. The speed of intercepted targets can reach 7000 meters per second. According to unconfirmed reports, the S- 500 will be unified with the Moscow missile defense system A-135.

Russia to Unveil Plans for 2014 Drills

185178640The quality and intensity of combat training in the Russian Armed Forces has received a significant boost this year through a series of regular exercises and large-scale snap-alert drills, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

1af00142dc0ab335a4bd3193981“Regular large-scale snap checks are playing a key role in improving combat readiness of the armed forces,” Shoigu said during a video conference at the Defense Ministry.

The Russian military has held six surprise inspections of combat readiness and most of the 750 planned army-level exercises since the beginning of this year.

CFP430919689-171920_copy1The most recent snap check, in late October, involved launches of ballistic missiles and drills by air defense and missile defense units to assess the combat readiness of Russia’s nuclear deterrent.

Each of Russia’s four military districts will have its own training range capable of hosting large-scale exercises involving all branches of the armed forces, a senior defense official said Saturday.

Генерал-Аркадий-БахинFirst Deputy Defense Minister, Gen. Arkady Bakhin, said in an interview that the first such training range, dubbed Mulino, is being constructed in the Nizhny Novgorod region for the Western Military District.

According to Bakhin, construction of the Mulino training range is expected to be completed in summer next year.

“A contract for the construction of the second range, based on the Ashuluk training facility in the Southern Military District, has been signed,” Bakhin said.

Its size and advanced equipment will allow the Defense Ministry to train and inspect combat capabilities of large military units, including entire armies, the official said.

The expansion of the Ashuluk facility in the Astrakhan region is expected to be completed in 2017, he added.

The third training range will be built near the town of Tsugol in Siberia for the Eastern Military District, which will hold next year major joint exercises with China and, separately, Mongolia, a spokesman for Russia’s Eastern Military District said Saturday.

imagesRussia’s Pacific Fleet will participate in the Vigilant Eagle-2014 drill with the Chinese Navy, the spokesman said.

Separately, Russian mechanized infantry will train together with Chinese troops in China as part of the “Peace Mission” anti-terrorist exercise. The “Peace Missions” are held since 2005.

Infantry troops from the republic of Buryatia in Russian Siberia will also hold the Selenga exercise with the Mongolian army, organized annually since 2008.

Russia and China are members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a Eurasian mutual security bloc that also includes Mongolia as an observer.

The Russian army held about 3,000 drills in 2013, including some 400 involving multiple army branches, Bakhin said.

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This year’s biggest drill, West-2013, took place in the Russian western exclave of Kaliningrad and the neighboring Belarus, Russia’s major European ally.

Bakhin announced Saturday that the Russian military would hold its biggest drill of 2014 in the country’s east.

Russia has 29 international military exercises lined up for next year and announced last week plans to hold joint drills with China and Mongolia.